Each year approximately five hundred thousand babies are born prematurely in the United States. Preemies come with a special set of needs and concerns, including physical health challenges, developmental delays, and complex decisions for parents to make. Join Nurse Rona and guests for a discussion about caring for the child in your life while also taking care of your emotional health. • Alison Brooks, RNC, MS, the clinical nurse specialist in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Alta Bates... ( 1 reviews )
The New Year is just a week away and brings with it the opportunity for parents and teachers to communicate about a child’s social, emotional, and academic needs. What resources are available for your child with special needs? Join Nurse Rona and guests to discuss effective ways to recognize and negotiate for the best school environment, starting with preschool. • Wendy Byrnes, parent advocate and outreach coordinator for College Living Experience. • Dr. Eileen Crumm, MPA, PhD, the... ( 1 reviews )
Did you know that you could get your children on the road to reading simply by reading aloud to them every day? Tune in as Rona and her guests discuss wonderful ways to help your child fall in love with learning. Guests: Janell Flores, Director of San Francisco's Raising a Reader program, and Hildegarde Ayer, Executive Director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center and co-author of the new book Every Child Ready to Read. ( 4 reviews )
As more and more children attend pre-school, childcare providers and parents need to keep the social, emotional, and cultural needs of young children in mind. Guests: Karen Blinstrub, Executive Director of Child, Family and Community Services, Inc., and Dr. Paula Moten-Tolson of Safe Passages and First 5 Contra Costa. ( 4 reviews )
Your child may be smart, creative, and perceptive and also be challenging-impulsive, active, distractable. There are many causes for these problems, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is only one possibility. Guest Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, founder of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Massachusetts. ( 1 reviews )
Why do teenagers use drugs and what can their parents do about it? Guests: Dr. Alex Stalcup, MD, Director of the New Leaf Treatment Center in Lafayette. Meredith Maran, author and journalist, and mother of two sons. Find resources at her web site.
A nutritious and balanced diet is important for the healthy growth and development of young children. Guests: Gail Woodward-Lopez, MPH, RD, currently Associate Director of the Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley. Norma Molina, RD, Public Health Nutritionist for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
Safety is a concern in the water, riding bikes, and everywhere your children play. Guests: Nancy Baer, Manager of Injury Prevention Programs, Contra Costa Health Services. Joseph Browne, MD, MPH, a Pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center.
Children develop differently and sometimes parents have concerns about the physical or cognitive development of their child. Guests: Ms. Kate Warren, Executive Director of Family Resource Network of Alameda County. James Ricks facilitates a support group for parents with kids with special needs.
Parents can make every day special by creating simple rituals around even the smallest daily event. Guests, Meg Cox is an author and journalist. Her latest book is the Book of New Family Traditions. Keith Burrell is a Marriage and Family Therapist working with children and families with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR).
Declaring a racial identity may be easy for most of us, but not for the increasing numbers of biracial and transracial children. Rona and guests Tarah Fleming, the Diversity Specialist at Berkeley's Childcare Health Program, and Joemy Ito-Gates, founder of the Fusion Program for Mixed Heritage Youth, discuss the unique issues facing multi-ethnic families.
Becoming a foster parent is one of the greatest gifts you can provide to another human being. Guests: Rebecca Perez-Ochoa, Social Worker with the Santa Clara Department of Family & Children Services. Kathryn Cleberg, RN, Vice President of Foster Family Network, the local Contra Costa County branch of the state foster parent association.
Children are more susceptible than adults to environmental health hazards. What puts children at risk? Guests: Gina Solomon, MD is a Senior Scientist in the Health and Environment Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Associate Director of the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. Susan JunFish, MPH, founder of Parents for a Safer Environment, a grass-roots organization dedicated to educating the community on environmental hazards in childcare facilities and...
Traveling this summer with your family? Learn how to prepare yourself and your kids for a fun and safe summer vacation. Guests: Vicki Lansky, author of Trouble-Free Travel with Children; Dr. Susan Anderson, MD, Travel Tropical and Wilderness Medicine Consultant at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic.
Chilly, rainy weather is right around the corner, and so are colds, flu, asthma and other winter illnesses. Rona and her guests Dr. Stephen Harris, a pediatrician with the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Dr. Ifeoma Ikenze, homeopathic pediatrician and director of the Elizabeth Medical Clinic in San Anselmo, help parents sort out the right treatment decisions for their kids.
Having a baby may be thrilling and rewarding, but it's also life-changing, stressful and overwhelming. Rona and her guests Dr. Shoshana Bennett, co-author of the book Beyond The Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Postpartum and Prenatal Depression, and David Klinker, advocate for husbands of postpartum depression survivors, discuss the impact of the "baby blues" on the entire family.
New parents experience a wide range of emotional, physical and chemical changes after the birth of their baby. Rona and her guests discuss how moms and dads can minimize the difficult parts of this transitional time. Guests: Shoshanna Bennett, PhD, President of Postpartum Health Alliance in California. Contact her at Postpartum Assistance for Mothers. Joanne Jasson, RN, Certified Lactation Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland.
Childhood Matters celebrates our second anniversary on the air by celebrating the people who made us a success - our wonderful listeners. Rona and two of our favorite parents, Kisha Grove and James Ricks, welcome your calls.
Immunization against common infections of childhood have led to healthier lives, but there are issues and concerns about these shots. Guest: Catherine Albin, MD, PhD, Chair of the Pediatrics Department at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. For information about immunizations, see the Center for Disease Control web site for immunizations.
Do you have questions about your child's health or development? Guest pediatrician is Al Goldberg, MD who has a private pediatric practice in San Rafael, and serves on the pediatric staff of Marin General Hospital.
Being aware of children's needs as they begin or return to school can assist any parent with a smooth and successful transition. Guests: Host Mike Riera, new Head of the Redwood Day School of Oakland and author of Staying Connected to Your Teenager, Uncommon Sense for Parents with Teenagers and Right From Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Your Child, Kathy Duhl also of Redwood Day School, and Jean C. Monroe, Early Care & Education Consultant and Childhood Development Specialist.
It's more than just brushing! Attention to children's oral health begins well before the child's first tooth arrives. Guest: David H. Lees, DDS, JD, MBA. Dr. Lees is the Children's Dental Initiative Director at The Health Trust.
Children with special physical, emotional or learning needs have an impact on everyone around them - at school, in the world and particularly within the family. Join guest host Mike Riera, headmaster of the Redwood Day School, and guests James Ricks, facilitator of father's groups for the Family Resource Network, and Katherine Cleberg of the Foster Family Network as they address this complex subject.
Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Dr. David Alexander, President and CEO at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health about what unique challenges face families with children with special health care needs. For more information on the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, visit http://www.lpfch.org/
Many parents find themselves yelling at their kids, surprised because "it's the holidays, when everyone is supposed to be happy." Holiday stresses seem to put parents on edge, and it's all too easy to take it out on children. Guests: Luna Calderon, MS.
Do you have questions about proposals to institute a universal pre-school policy in California? Rona interviews Rob Reiner. Guests: Assemblywoman Wilma Chan of the 16th Assembly District in California, co-author of AB 56, the Preschool for All program. More info. Yolanda Garcia is the Director of the Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, a project of WestEd.
Children who learn to love reading almost always have a parent who read aloud to them very early. Reading aloud to your child is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child for school. Guests: Barry Zuckerman, MD
Today, children are exposed to more traumatic experiences than any parent would like. Rona and two of America's leading trauma experts, Dr. Bruce Perry of Houston's ChildTrauma Academy and Dr. Herb Schreier, a psychiatrist at Children's Hospital Oakland, discuss the impact of trauma and violence on children's mental and emotional development.
Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM. Take Five for First 5 with Susan Regan, Executive Director and Founder of Bay Area Children First (funded in part by First 5 Alameda). - http://www.baychild.org - http://www.ackids.org Getting Kids Excited About Food: • Denise Jardine, Community Educator with Whole Foods Market, gives tips on grocery shopping and cooking with kids. - http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)...
When you're expecting a new baby it can be confusing to sort out what you need to raise a happy and healthy child and how to get your home and life ready in both practical and emotional ways. Guests: Heather Corley, author of About.com's Baby Products Guide, and Faye Mettler, Perinatal Educator with John Muir Women’s Health Center, and new father Steve O'Neil.
Is your special needs child ready for pre-school - and is the pre-school ready for him or her? Rona and guests Rocio de Mateo Smith, Executive Director of Area Board 5 on Developmental Disabilities, and Michael Williams, Manager of Resource & Referral at the Contra Costa Child Care Council, discuss inclusion and the rights of parents of young children with special needs.
The stories we read and write with our children are the basis for their understanding of language, community and the world. Guests: Uma Krishnaswami, award-winning author and co-director of the Bisti Writing Project, and Ambre Tousley, teacher and director of F.L.A.G.Ship, a family literacy mobile preschool in Marin County. (This show is a rebroadcast of a previous show.)
The makeup of families in our local and broader communities is diverse; the iconic "nuclear family" does not represent the vast majority of families in our society. Guests: Lee Lesser, Project Manager, Early Childhood Programs with Parent Services Project, and Judy Appel, Executive Director of Our Family Coalition.
One in four Bay Area households make too little money to meet their basic needs. Rona and guests Patty Siegel, Executive Director of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, and Aimee Durfee of the National Economic Development and Law Center share strategies to help you make ends meet for your family.
Sun Safety Summer is right around the corner, which means more time in the sun. With sunscreens reaching SPF levels of 100 these days, it can be confusing to know which is best for you. Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Becky Sutton, a senior scientist with the non-profit Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org), that recently released a study on the effectiveness of sunscreens. For more information: Visit the EWG's 2010 sunscreen guide. Click here...
An African American infant born today is more than twice as likely to die within the first year of life as a white infant. Guests: Jenee Edwards, Coordinator of the Black Infant Health Project (BIH) in San Francisco. Dr. Carol Miller, Director of the Well-Baby Nursery and a Professor of Pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.
In California, about 30 percent of children live in single-parent homes. Single parents face unique challenges and can grow strong as they face them. We'll talk with two experienced and knowledgeable people. Guests: Gail Werblin, Marriage and Family Therapist Lee Hefner, co-author of Divorced Dads.
Getting ready in the morning, turning off the TV, starting at a new school, sitting down for dinner… are all everyday transitions. These can sometimes be difficult for you and your child. Guest: Dr. Ahsan Shaikh, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Interim Medical Director at Eastfield Ming Quong Children and Family Services.
Individual county agencies and private foundations have found unique ways to address health care coverage. Guests: Karen Blinstrub, Executive Director of FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, is a major contributor to Santa Clara's ground-breaking model of universal health care. Srija Srinivasan represents the Peninsula Community Foundation in the community-wide partnership that has come together to launch the San Mateo County Children's Health Initiative.
There is no universal approach to treatment for Autism, a developmental disorder that affects the normal development of a child's social and communication skills. Nurse Rona and our guest, Dr. Brad Berman, MD, will review treatments, such as behavioral therapy, dietary changes, and alternative approaches. Call us with your experiences and questions.
Good oral health is fundamental to your child's overall well-being. Guests: Jared Fine, DDS, MPH, Dental Health Administrator for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, and Margaret Fisher, RDH, Dental Hygienist and Coordinator of Marin County's Children's Oral Health Project.
Fathers are involved in their children's lives to differing degrees, and the relationships they have with their families affect the well-being of their children. There are stay-at-home dads, working dads, and fathers who are separated from their kids through divorce or other circumstances. Guests: Will Glennon, author of The Collected Wisdom of Fathers: Creating a Loving Bond that Lasts a Lifetime, and Patrisha Scott, Coordinator of The Reclaiming Fatherhood program with the San Mateo County...
Lacey Daniell, Associate Producer for Childhood Matters, interviews Joy Alexiou, public information officer for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, about H1N1 prevention, vaccines, and what to do if you or your child gets sick.